Segina’s work-suits business bears fruits

Segina Mutabeni from Ward 5 in Shurugwi has always enjoyed working with her hands. However, she never enjoyed fruits of her hard work, until she received business trainings from Hand in Hand Zimbabwe.

The mother of three said when she joined a Hand in Hand Zimbabwe supported Self-Help Group (SHG) in 2018 she was just an ordinary tailor who struggled to make a decent living. But after undergoing the unique business trainings from the organization, she applied the knowledge in improving and diversifying her tailoring products. 

“The trainings on Opportunity Identification made me realize that no one else in my ward had diverse tailored products that include work-suits, despite a high demand for such products due to a number of mining and related activities in the town,” the 52-year-old woman said.

Segina said in a good month she can get orders with an average value of ZWL3000.00.

From her income, Segina is now coping with livelihood shocks emanating from the economic challenges in the country hence is able to pay fees for her two children who are still in school, buy supplementary foodstuff and other household expenses. In addition to earning a decent livelihood, she also built a modest house for her family and is planning to erect a fence around the house.

“My life has tremendously changed in the past year, and my husband now encourages me to attend Hand in Hand training sessions. My hope now is to supply work suits to other local and international markets,” she added.

Female student ventures into male-dominated barbershop business

The barbershop is traditionally a male space but 16-year-old Moreblessing Muguni from Gato Secondary School in Shurugwi is changing all that.

The form three student never dreamt of becoming a budding entrepreneur, let alone a hairstylist until she joined Hand in Hand Zimbabwe’s Motivated and Entrepreneurial Youth (MEY) Star Club at her school last year.

Since then, Moreblessing and other 35-Star Club members have been running a successful barbershop enterprise after undergoing trainings on Motivation, Health and Entrepreneurship under the MEY project.

The jovial young girl, who stays with her 78-year-old grandmother, says after undergoing the trainings, she quickly learnt the art of cutting hair with electric scissors and has never looked back.

“We were fortunate enough in that our school authorities allowed us to conduct business during lunch hour and on special occasions such as sports day,” she said.

The Star Club members charge $2 for a single haircut and earn up to $200 per month. The team uses the money to sponsor important school activities and sometimes assist Form 4 students with no money to register for their final examinations.

“The trainings I have learnt from Hand in Hand Zimbabwe have set a good foundation for me in my life, even when I leave school and fail to find employment, I will not live in poverty,” said Moreblessing, who wants to be a police detective when she is done with her studies.

“I have acquired the requisite skills to run a business, I’m now confident and also health-conscious,” she added.

The MEY project contributes to sustainable development in the country through improving health awareness, motivating the youth to believe in themselves and providing entrepreneurial skills among students (13-18 years) and young adults (18-35 years) who are out of school.

Tafadzwa and Sifiso’s Story

A young Couple has managed to open a lucrative grocery store in Ward 9, Shurugwi District with the Help of Hand in Hand Zimbabwe.

Tafadzwa Matavire (34)  and Sifiso Machacha (28) are both members of Prosper star club in ward 10. The two joined Hand in Hand Zimbabwe under its Motivated and Entrepreneurial Youth (MEY)Project in February 2018. The couple has two children that are of school going age.

The two have both received training on entrepreneurship, motivation, and health offered by the Motivated and Entrepreneurial Youth (MEY)Project.

The modular training on opportunity identification and enterprise planning was very useful for  Tafadzwa and Sifiso as they were able to start the grocery store. where they sell basic commodities

Athough they already had an enterprise of selling airtime and cooking oil at their homestead, the couple was struggling to put food on their table and send their children to school.

From their sales, the couple gets an average net profit of between RGTS$150 –RTGS$250 per week.

In an interview, Tafadzwa says Hand in Hand Zimbabwe has immensely helped them in their business venture.

“We are proud of the fact that we are now able to pay school fees for our school going children and we now have hope for the future

“We plan to open a big grocery store by 2020 so that we are able to take our children to a better school for secondary education,” Tafadzwa said.

Nyengeterai Mambure’s journey to self sustainance

Nyengeterai Mambure’s journey to self sustainance began a few months ago when she attended a look-and-learn visit hosted by Hand In Zimbabwe in Chikomba in Apri this year.
 
The 27 year old woman from Ward 10 Shurugwi grasped the concept of making Mhandire (Maize Snack) during the visit and is now earning a living from preparing and selling the tasty and affordable snack to local shops and schools in the district.
 
Mambure is a member of the Motivated and Entrepreneurial Youth (MEY) Young Stars.
 
The MEY project contributes to sustainable development in the country through improving health awareness, motivating the youth to believe in themselves and providing entrepreneurial skills among students (13-18 yrs) and young adults (18-35 years) who are out of school.
 
“After attending the look-and-learn tour I learnt how to make Mhandire and the business has proved to be profitable.
 
“I make $250 per month from selling Mhandire and this has helped me earn a decent living.
 
“I am now independent and can now afford to pay school fess for my child. I’m looking forward to buy a residential stand in the near future,” she said.
 
Mambure said she is now targeting to go commercial with the Maize Snack and supply it in bulk to various clients as this will help her generate more income.
 
Handinhand Zimbabwe believes that providing women and girls with equal access to business training and decent work will fuel sustainable economies.

Gulliver’s success story

Meet 39-year-old Gulliver Sango a member of the Mukushinga Self Help Group in Ward 10 Shurugwi District.
Sango beat the odds when he joined Handinhand Zimbabwe in January this year. The father of two has managed to open two butcheries and a supermarket in the district through his poultry business.

 


Sango says after going through business training courtesy of Hand in Hand Zimbabwe; his poultry business greatly expanded. He now sells at-least 150 chickens valued at $25 each after every three weeks.

 


From his profit, he has also managed to buy a residential stand and has been empowered to take his children to decent schools.
“Hand in Hand Zimbabwe has greatly changed my life, I never thought I would be a successful businessman but here I am. Hand in Hand Zimbabwe has equipped me with knowledge which I am now implementing in running my businesses,” he said.
Sango has also employed three people at his butcheries and supermarket and he hopes to employ more in the near future.

Sango’s successful story represents one of the 40 000 livelihoods improved by Hand in Hand Zimbabwe.

 

Amazing Grace Star Club Flea Market Flourishing

Five young women in Chirumanzu have successfully set up an exceptional flea market at Chachacha  Growth Point in the district after receiving the Hand in Hand Zimbabwe Revolving fund through the MEY Project. 

After completing all the 6 modules on entrepreneurship,  health and motivation in 2018, the Amazing Grace Star Club decided to start a collective flea market business, they started  an Internal savings and lending scheme contributing $10 per month. 

The young women buy clothing supplies, footwear, jewellery, and toys from neighboring South Africa and Zambia for resale at the flea market which they have demarcated into five different stalls in order to accommodate all of them 

Since its inception in 2017, their business was however operating at a low scale until they registered with Hand in Hand Zimbabwe in 2018, got business training and received loans from the Hand in Hand Zimbabwe Revolving Fund. 

Each member received a total loan of $600 which they used to boost stock and grow their business. 

The group Chairperson, 35 year old Lisa Chibura says the intervention of the organization through entrepreneurship training and the Revolving Fund has contributed immensely on the growth of the flea market. 

Through the income they get from their business, the young women, can now afford to pay their school fees as all of them are studying.  

Lisa who is current the chairperson and one of the founding members of the club says she is  grateful for the support that she received in training on entrepreneurship from Hand in Hand Zimbabwe. 

“Members of the group are informed on how to run a business and this has improved the quality of our business venture.. 

We are also grateful for the Revolving Fund as it has immensely helped us, without the fund I have no doubt that we would have ceased operation,” she said. 

Lisa says she is now able to pay school fees for their three children, look after her parents and make a decent living through of the flea market business.  

“We have all employed one woman each at the  flea markets in a bid to empower other women. 

“We are grateful to Hand in Hand for the knowledge and loan facility that they have helped us with. Currently each group member is getting an average of $800.00 per month from sales,” she said. 

Setting Up Yourself For Success

FROM the time 23-year-old Lilian Mabikwa joined the Hand in Hand Zimbabwe, Motivated Entrepreneurship Youth project (MEY) she has managed to succeed in all her business endeavours.

Her exposure to the MEY project has indeed contributed in setting herself for success as she was one of the first members to access loans from the group fund to expand and diversify her income generating activities.

The loan has helped Lilian in expanding her buying and selling business.

Lillian was born on 02 May 1995 and grew up in Shurugwi district in ward 14 in Madiridza village where she spent most of her childhood. She did her primary education at Nhema primary school and attended secondary school at Svika high school in ward 14. She is married to Bright Fundira and has a 3-year-old daughter.

Through her engagement in the MEY Project, Lilian has managed to join the Mushamukadzi star club which comprises of six members who save money and disburse loans amongst each other.

In September this year, after saving at a rate of $5 per month each member walked away with a lump sum of $260.

Lillian is currently the club’s secretary and managed to go through all the three project training components on motivation, health and entrepreneurship.


Lillian displaying her certificate at a graduation in Ward 14

To her, the ISALs scheme has been a valued key in her business runnings as it is affording her and other group members readily available loans which they cannot access from banks and other financial institutions due to various reasons.

Lilian’s success story continues as she recently managed to apply for a passport so as to expand her business to cross border trading.

The youthful mother says she has worked with her husband and managed to buy two heifers and various household materials in a space of one year.

She says her mother in law has also been a source of inspiration in her entrepreneurship journey.

Lilian encourages aspiring business people in Shurugwi to join projects like MEY, be dedicated and work hard